Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: Aon Benfield France
Job title: Chief executive officer
2013: Chief executive officer, Aon Benfield France
Catherine Bourland has worked in reinsurance for 34 years.
She spent 10 years as an underwriter for a French reinsurance
company and 24 years in the reinsurance brokerage sector,
essentially as a client manager for different French insurance
companies. She became chief executive officer of Aon
Benfield France in 2013.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
The international environment, the quality of people in the
industry, and interesting and challenging technical material.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Being able to understand clients’ needs and create specific
solutions to meet these needs.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
The main challenge is adapting to the evolution of regulatory
requirements and maintaining the same level of service and
added value to clients in their new environment.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
Architecture or psychiatry.
“The main challenge is adapting to
the evolution of regulatory requirements
and maintaining the same level of service
and added value to clients in their
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